They say time flies when you’re having fun. Here at Trinity Harlem, "fun" seems like an understatement.

Week 3 pretty much knocked our socks off! This may sound redundant, but we are truly in awe of what God is doing through us in this community. One of the highlights was taking part in Holy Communion for the first time. We believe this is symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, which was broken and shed for us. We also held our first Growth Track session, which is a process we encourage all new team members to go through. We believe Growth Track helps you go further faster.

Yesterday, we were honored to have Senior Pastor Rich Wilkerson from Trinity Miami bring forth a message called “Jesus in the Middle.” When Jesus hung on the cross, he was between two men, both criminals. While one said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom," the other hurled insults. "Aren't you the Messiah?" he said. "Save yourself and us!" Through this scripture, Pastor Rich helped us to see that in life, there will be some people who will curse you and on the other side, others will bless you. That's called living in the middle and that's the life we as believers are called to. 

We are called to live in the MIDDLE as “strangers” in this place we call HOME and the place called HEAVEN where our true “citizenship” lies, but we’ve never been to before. — Pastor RIch Sr.

Living life in the middle is recognizing that this is our temporary home. We are engaged in a constant game of tug-of-war, but if we look to Jesus, listen for His voice and run towards Him, we can prevail. The beauty of living in the middle is bridging the gap between this world and the next. It's our duty to go out into the world and share our testimony--even and especially when we're met with opposition. We may never escape the people who may curse us on one side, but in the same way, we can never outrun God's blessings for us on the other.

One way we seek to bridge the gap is through Harlem Hangouts--sign up today! We meet at cafes across New York City to talk about life and God. We just want to hang out with you and get to know you better. Stay tuned for details on our first Hangout!

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day! We at Trinity Harlem believe it’s a day to honor current and future mothers, so join us as we present every lady in the place with a special beauty gift. We will also be continuing Growth Track with 201: Essentials following our second service at 2pm. If you missed 101, don’t worry--just jump right in! Starting in the middle is fine.

Life in the middle isn't always easy. Many of us will find it hard to block out the naysayers and the curses and instead focus only on what Jesus says. In John 14, He comforts us, saying "Let not your hearts be troubled." He goes on to say that since we believe in God, we should believe in Him, too. He is going to prepare a place for us in His Father's house. Someday we will be with Him there (John 14:1-3). He is coming back for us and that makes life in the middle so worth it.